Before he was editor in chief at Marvel Comics -- which, by all rights, makes him the man who tells Spider-Man what he can do with himself and the X-Men where to go -- Joe Quesada illustrated a comic book titled Ash. The title did not last long; there was, perhaps, little market for a gangly, anxious superhero whose day job was putting out fires for the city of New York. But inside its front cover was an earnest message -- one that, in light of the events of Sept. 11, reads now like a prescient tonic. "Ash is dedicated to firefighters everywhere, who put their lives on the line for us every day," it said. "We rely on them to protect our families and our property, yet they are too often taken for granted, unrecognized and unappreciated. These real-life heroes have no superpowers... More >>>